Managing MS: Tips for a Healthier Life
1. Diet and Nutrition
While the treatments prescribed by a physician are determined to manage a chronic disease like multiple sclerosis (MS), there are other factors that contribute for overall wellbeing. Diet and nutrition are among them. There is no special diet designed for patients with MS, but what is eaten can impact energy levels as well as bladder and bowel function. So, having a healthy, balanced, and planned diet is important. Specialists recommend a low-fat and high-fiber diet. There is also evidence that a diet low in saturated fats and supplemented by omega-3 and omega-6 can benefit MS patients. Some people may also be advised to take supplements like vitamin D or the form of vitamin B known as Biotin/MD1003.
Like smoking, alcohol is also discouraged for patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis. When consumed in high amounts, alcohol causes numerous effects on the central nervous system and other body organs. In patients with MS, this effect is exaggerated. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and it may be additive due to drugs prescribed for the treatment of MS. This does mean that MS patients cannot drink alcohol at all, but they should consult with their physician the appropriate amount and frequency to drink.
5. Heat and Temperature
7. Emotional Wellness